A few years ago my adult son got a MRSA infection in his leg and was taken to a county hospital. At the time he was living on a friends boat, doing part time work and had no insurance
. The hospital and doctors took very good care of him. They had to fly in special antibiotics from the CDC in Atlanta. He almost died! He was there for about 10 days. When he checked out they told him he owed $17k. He told them that he didn't have any money
. Their response was -- "OK, pay us when you can." He still owes them that money
. No one ever gave him a hard time about it or tried to force a collection. It maybe that if he ever got into a tax bracket that indicated that he could pay the bill someone might ask him to do so. It seems that in at least in this part of California
people can get medical
care if they really need it and can't afford it.